Clinical Electrophysiology Fellowship

Message from the Director

The Clinical Electrophysiology Training Program at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine is a two-year program providing fellows with state of the art training in all aspects of cardiac electrophysiology and device implantation and follow-up. The program accepts one trainee per year. Typically there is a senior and junior electrophysiology fellow working in tandem with an attending electrophysiologist in the electrophysiology laboratory, arrhythmia and device clinic and on the arrhythmia consult service.


The Electrophysiology Program has seven attending Electrophysiologists including Drs. Deborah Wolbrette, Gerald V. Naccarelli, Mario Gonzalez, Soraya Samii, Javier Banchs, Erica Penny-Peterson in adult Electrophysiology and Mark Cohen (a Pediatric Electrophysiologist). The program is designed to meet all of the requirements for board eligibility in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and provides level 3 COCATS training in clinical electrophysiology, ablation, and device implantation and follow-up. Training in intracardiac electrophysiology studies, intracardiac echocardiography, 3-D mapping, transseptal catheter techniques, radiofrequency and cryo catheter ablation of tachyarrhythmias in adults and children, cardioversion, pacemaker, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator and biventricular pacemaker insertion and follow-up, and tilt table testing is offered. A continuity outpatient experience in the arrhythmia clinic along with arrhythmia consultation of a diverse arrhythmia population including postoperative arrhythmias, arrhythmias from patients on a busy congestive heart failure/ cardiac transplant service and an adult congenital heart disease program is emphasized. Trainees are exposed and can participate in clinical and basic research. Research emphasis is on clinical trials involving investigational antiarrhythmic drugs and implantable devices.

Electrophysiology Curriculum

View the Current EP Curriculum

All applications must be submitted via email to the Program Coordinator, Mandi Smith, with a subject line of CCEP Fellowship Application

A single PDF file should be submitted with documents in this order:

  1. Penn State Hershey Cardiology Fellowships Standard Application, completed in its entirety, inclusive of photograph
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Copy of USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  5. Copy of current medical license
  6. Copy of ABIM Certification
  7. Proof of Internal Medicine Residency Completion
  8. Copy of ECFMG Certificate (if applicable)                                                             

Three letters of recommendation (including one from Department Chair or Residency Director) should be addressed to the Program Director and sent as PDF documents directly from the referent to the Program Coordinator, Mandi Smith.

Research is a vital part of the section of cardiology and all Electrophysiology fellows are encouraged to participate in ongoing research projects.

Recent publications in electrophysiology include:

Patel P, Banchs JE, Stevenson RT, Patel ND, Naccarelli GV, Wolbrette DL, Samii SM , Penny-Peterson ED, Gonzalez MD. “Distal Balloon Occlusion Allows Epicardial Lead Placement in a Tortuous Branch of the Great Cardiac Vein”. J Interv Card Electrophysiol. Accepted for publication October 2008.

Stevenson RT, Patel PP, Davidson WR Jr, Naccarelli GV, Wolbrette DL, Samii SM, Banchs JE, Penny-Peterson ED, Gonzalez MD. Supernormal conduction and linking in an accessory AV pathway. J Interv Card Electrophysiol. 2009 Jul 29. [Epub ahead of print]  
 
Banchs JE, Penny-Peterson E, Samii S, Wolbrette DL, Naccarelli GV, Gonzalez MD. Baja Incidencia de Taquicardia Auricular por Macro-Reentrada luego de la Ablación de Fibrilación Auricular Usando como Guía Potenciales Auriculares Fraccionados en Ritmo Sinusal (Low Incidence of Atrial Tachycardias Following Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation Targeting Fractionated Atrial Potentials) Revista Iberoamericana de Arritmología – ria. Sept 2009;1:(27-33)
 
Banchs JE, Patel P, Naccarelli GV, Gonzalez MD. Intracardiac echocardiography in complex cardiac catheter ablation procedures. J Interv Card Electrophysiol. 2010 May 18. [Epub ahead of print]
 
Haouzi P, Ahmadpour N, Bell H, Artman S, Banchs J, Samii S, Gonzalez M, Gleeson, K. Breathing Pattern During Cardiac Arrest. J Appl Physiol (May 20, 2010). In Press. 

 

 
Banchs JE, Penny-Peterson E, Samii S, Wolbrette DL, Naccarelli GV, Gonzalez MD. Baja Incidencia de Taquicardia Auricular por Macro-Reentrada luego de la Ablación de Fibrilación Auricular Usando como Guía Potenciales Auriculares Fraccionados en Ritmo Sinusal (Low Incidence of Atrial Tachycardias Following Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation Targeting Fractionated Atrial Potentials) Revista Iberoamericana de Arritmología – ria. Sept 2009;1:(27-33)
 
Banchs JE, Patel P, Naccarelli GV, Gonzalez MD. Intracardiac echocardiography in complex cardiac catheter ablation procedures. J Interv Card Electrophysiol. 2010 May 18. [Epub ahead of print]
 
Haouzi P, Ahmadpour N, Bell H, Artman S, Banchs J, Samii S, Gonzalez M, Gleeson, K. Breathing Pattern During Cardiac Arrest. J Appl Physiol (May 20, 2010). In Press.

The Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program
500 University Drive
PO Box 850, MC H047
Hershey, PA  17033
717-531-6746

Soraya Samii, MD
Program Director

Mandi Smith
Program Coordinator